The cold and flu bug is coming through my local town for round two, it seems. Oregano, olive oil and apple cider vinegar are three weapons to have in your arsenal against the nasty bugs that make you back away from the person that coughs next to you in line at Starbucks, or the cougher in your classroom or the co-worker who should've stayed home today.
Oregano has antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be used as a substitute for antibiotics. Choose organic dried, fresh or a doTERRA oil found here.
Olive oil is antibacterial. Aside from ingesting it as a delicious food, you can use olive oil topically on various skin conditions. Choose an unfiltered, extra-virgin olive oil. Olive oil is best used in it's raw state (in a salad dressing or drizzled over anything cooked after the heat is turned off). It's burning point is 200 degrees fahrenheit (btw, I had NO idea that's how you spell fahrenheit!) and it's hard to keep your pan or oven that low when you're cooking. Here is more good information about olive oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar has a host of healing benefits. The malic and acetic acids in ACV are: Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antiseptic. Choose a brand of apple cider vinegar that is cloudy...cloudy is good. This brand is my favorite.
Before anyone gives me a hard time about the iceberg lettuce...like, "Hey Molly at Eat Real Food Nutrition, I thought iceberg lettuce was a waste of time because it's nothing but water." My question to you is: "Since when were we against water? Especially when the best water comes from organic fruits and vegetables. Water that we get directly from our foods is better than tap that is full of too much fluoride and chlorine (among a longer list of "yucks"). It's better than water that comes in a plastic bottle. Plastics contain endocrine disrupters (and more). Also, when you have the cold or flu or are trying to avoid it, you need to stay hydrated." Now what's that you say about iceberg lettuce? (organic iceberg lettuce).
Besides, the salad below reminds me of my favorite pizza place growing up. You would get a salad in a Chinese take out container and I loved it! And nostalgia is important.
3 T. olive oil
3 t. apple cider vinegar
1 T. dried oregano leaves and/or one-two drops of doTERRA oregano oil
Sunfire Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce torn into bite sized pieces
1. Put all of the ingredients (except lettuce) at the bottom of your favorite salad bowl and whisk until creamy.
2. Add the lettuce and toss with tongs until the lettuce is coated.
3. Eat it up! And boost your immune system!